MAYS LANDING — An Atlantic City man, the last of six people charged in a 2016 gang-related shooting inside Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, has pleaded guilty, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced Wednesday.

Taquay Dunston admitted his role in the shootout on the 47th floor, which occurred at the start of the Easter holiday weekend on March 24, 2016, when Dunston was 18 years old, Tyner said.

A probe by the Atlantic City Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit revealed approximately 20 teenagers attended a party in a Taj Mahal hotel room, Tyner said.

The party resulted in a shooting between two rival Atlantic City gangs, and video surveillance captured Dunston firing a handgun into the hotel room, Tyner said. The motivation for the shooting was an ongoing dispute between the Back Maryland-area Head Shot Gang (HSG) and the Stanley Holmes Village-area Fettigeez (Fetti-G) gang.

Dunston joined four other males who have already pleaded guilty, Tyner said.

On Jan. 24, 2018, after being waived from the Juvenile Court in January 2017, Quashawn Harris, now 18, of Atlantic City, pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun for unlawful purpose, subject to an agreement that he serve seven years, with a stipulated period of parole ineligibility of three and a half years, Tyner said.

Because Harris was 16 when he committed the crime, he will serve his term in a juvenile facility, Tyner said.

Four males affiliated with both the HSG and Fetti-G gangs were struck during the exchange of gunfire, and detectives seized four loaded handguns: a 9mm semi-automatic, .38-caliber revolver, .40-caliber semi-automatic and .22-caliber revolver.

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